>BAE Systems, the maker of the UK’s Navy ships and warplanes, has signed a deal paving the way to building British-designed light artillery in Ukraine.
>The FTSE 100 defence giant has agreed to set up a legal entity in the country following a meeting between chief Charles Woodburn and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv earlier this week.
>Mr Woodburn said the agreement “paves the way for us to work together to provide more direct support to the Ukrainian armed forces,” in a sign that BAE plans to explore local manufacturing and direct deals with the Ukrainian army.
>An early target for local manufacturer is understood to be the L119 howitzers. They are designed to be light enough to be towed by a large truck or even lifted by helicopter.